South Africa has become one of the most competitive teams in world cricketand has showcased its cricketing prowess quite often. The South African team is known for its toughness and fighting spirit. The Proteas’ team has achieve dimmense success and victories over the years and has had its share of some tough, challenging days as well. The following article summarizes some of South Africa’s lowest One-Day International (ODI) totals.
1. Against Australia In 1993
The first match to feature on the list is South Africa’s 1993 World Series match against Australia in Sydney. After winning the toss, South Africa put Australia into bat first. The Australians managed to score only 172 in their quota of 50overs. However, the South Africans could not chase a relatively short target as Paul Reiffel from Australia took four wickets for 13 runs and bowled out the Prote as for a mere 69 in 28 overs.
2. Against England In 2008
The 2008 South Africa tour of England saw South Africa score its second lowest total in ODI cricket. It was the second ODI of the series and was held in Nottingham. Graeme Smith, the South African captain, won the toss andelected to bat. However, this decision did not prove correct, and the Proteas got all out for 83 in 23 overs. Stuart Broad was the most successful English bowler, taking 5 for 23 in his ten overs.
3. Against England In 2022
The next match on the list is the most recent match to take place. The match occurred in July 2022 at Old Trafford, Manchester, and was the second ODI of the three-match series. The South African team, winning the toss, decided to bat first. The English team got all out for 201 in 28.1 overs in a rain-affected match. The South African team, chasing 202 in 29 overs, got bowled out for a mere 83 in 20.4 overs and lost the match by 118 runs.
4. Against Pakistan In 2000
In 2000, South Africa faced Pakistan in a Coca-Cola Cup match at Sharjah. Afterwinning the toss, the Pakistani team opted to bat but could only put 168 runson the board. It was, however, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ who made the 169-run target a challenging task for the Prote as. Shoaib took 3 for 9 in his 4.5 over sand helped Pakistan bowl out South Africa for 101.
5. Against Australia In 2002
The next match to feature on the list is the seventh ODI of the 2002 VB series, when South Africa faced Australia in Sydney. After winning the toss, South Africa elected to bat first but could only score 106 runs in 38.3 overs.Andy Bichel took five wickets for Australia, while Glenn McGrath took three. In response, Australia chased the target in 18.4 overs at a loss of two wickets.
6. Against England In 2003
The next match to feature is the final of the 2003 Natwest Series betweenSouth Africa and England. Winning the toss, England put South Africa into batand bowled them out for 107 in 32.1 overs. The English team then chased the target comfortably in 20.2 overs with seven wickets remaining.
7. Against New Zealand In 2006
South Africa scored another of their lowest ODI totals in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy against New Zealand. Graeme Smith, South Africa's captain,won the toss and put New Zealand into bat first. The Kiwis were bundled outfor 195 in 45.4 overs. However, in reply, the Proteas could only score 108 asthe Kiwi bowlers bowled them out in 34.1 overs.
8. Against India In 1999
In 1999, during an LG Cup game against India in Nairobi, the South African team was bowled out for a mere 117. Sunil Joshi, the left-arm Indian spinner ,produced his career-best bowling figures of five for 6 in his ten overs and ripped through the South African team.
9. Against India In 2018
The 2018 ODI series of South Africa against India was one to forget for theSouth Africans as they lost the series 5-1. In the 2 nd ODI, the South African teamwas dismissed for 117 in 32.2 overs, with Yuzvendra Chahal taking five wicketsfor 22 runs in his 8.2 overs. The Indians then chased the 118-run target quickly
with nine wickets remaining.
10. Against England In 2009
In the 2009 England tour of South Africa, the South African team got all out for119 in the 4 th ODI of the series. After winning the toss, the Proteas elected tobat first but could score just 119 runs as James Anderson took five wickets for 23 runs in his ten overs and destroyed the South African batting line-up.